Originally Posted by Rodger Bryan
Another configuration that works well is using a volume + tone + 4-position rotary switch with the options being neck/series/parallel/bridge.
Yes, let me say that my "standard" mod on my cheapie SX jazz clone basses is either the rotary switch or vol/blend with Series/parallel on volume push-pull.
1. While most of my rotary switchs are 4 position recently I have been changing them to 5 position (available from Stew-Mac) where the 5th position grounds the output for mute. I find that a VERY handy option to have at essentially no added cost.
2. I've yet to find a vol/blend passive circuit that really works correctly in both series and parallel. The one I use works well in parallel (which is the usual Jazz configuration but when you switch to series the blend knob becomes quite unresponsive over most of it's rotation acting more like a pickup switch at the ends of it's rotation than a blend knob as the action is VERY fast at the ends. Still it's quite a useful arrangement when playing and gives you the standard blend option sounds that switching does not.
My Squier P/J bass is the only one I've left Vol/vol. But it usually just gets left in P-bass position.